Police seek tips in sex abuse case

Egel Espinoza-Herzberg, 35, was arrested in Portland Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2014, on multiple charges of child sex abuse. (Multnomah County Jail)
Egel Espinoza-Herzberg, 35, was arrested in Portland Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2014, on multiple charges of child sex abuse. (Multnomah County Jail)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) –Detectives with the Child Abuse Team are seeking the public’s help in determining if there are other victims of a man accused of sexual abuse.

Egel Espinoza-Herzberg, 35, was arrested Tuesday evening by Portland police detectives in the 1330 block of Southeast Stark Street.

He was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on five counts of first-degree sexual abuse, two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor and one count each of attempted first-degree sexual abuse, public indecency and third-degree criminal mischief.

Investigators said they have identified at least two victims who have reported unwanted contact by Espinoza. Both girls are under the age of 18, police said. One of the victims is an acquaintance of Espinoza, but the other is a stranger. The girls’ reportedly told their parents separately about the reported contact. Patrol officers eventually sent the case to the Child Abuse Team for additional investigation.

Police, citing the on-going nature of the investigation, declined to release specifics of their investigation but said the reported incidents started occurring in May 2013 and as recent as this month. Police said in one of the incidents, Espinoza exposed himself to the child in a public building in Southeast Portland.

Detectives with the Child Abuse Team are concerned there may be attention victims because Espinoza’s reported acts have become more brazen.

He is expected to make his first court appearance Wednesday afternoon.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the Portland Police Bureau Family Services Division at 503-823-0090.

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